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#1    cyrus11

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 11:51 PM

if they are so narrow and shatter so easily, what were they use for?
besides the normal throat bite..can they also use those daggers to cut thru the neck of large prey?

that would be awsome if they only use their daggers the same way walruses do..but on land tru packed ice during the ice age!!!


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Posted 13 January 2006 - 11:54 PM

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if they are so narrow and shatter so easily, what were they use for?
besides the normal throat bite..can they also use those daggers to cut thru the neck of large prey?

They were used for biting, especially the throat. they can easily sever the jugular.

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that would be awsome if they only use their daggers the same way walruses do

Walruses use their tusks for attracting mates...and possibly breaking ice. I don't see anything awesome abou that.

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 11:57 PM

i believe they use the tusks to scrape the bottom for shellfish....well i mean for the walruses..

breaking ice is awsome.. ever seen karate kid break those ice blocks? chicks dig that!!!


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Posted 13 January 2006 - 11:59 PM

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i believe they use the tusks to scrape the bottom for shellfish....well i mean for the walruses..

No, that is not neccessary. They can just eat the shellfish, no need for scraping. the meat comes right off. Plus, it's pretty hard to coordinate a 3 foot long tusk

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Posted 14 January 2006 - 05:18 AM

Now I wonder...could sabertooths have used their teeth to dig up animal burrows?  :/

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Posted 14 January 2006 - 07:33 PM

probably not...that would be kinda ineffecient. Try diging a hole with a knife.

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Posted 15 January 2006 - 01:34 AM

I was thinking about how pigs use their tusks to dig up roots...but..yeah...

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Posted 15 January 2006 - 03:51 AM

I never said its not possible, but its hard original.gif...Especially when your after something can moves.

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 02:21 AM

i saw a special on smilodons on the discovery channel (i think, possibly the learning channel).  basically, they were asking the same question about the usefulness of the cat's enormous teeth.  they made a working model of the beastie and discovered that the teeth were frightfully efficient for killing.  they severed the jugular like nobody's business.


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Posted 16 January 2006 - 04:16 AM

That's what they're for original.gif

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 08:05 AM

cats dont really chew their food.
its grip, rip, and swallow.
their digestive system is designed to handle large hunks of raw meat.


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Posted 16 January 2006 - 11:45 PM

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if they are so narrow and shatter so easily, what were they use for?
besides the normal throat bite..can they also use those daggers to cut thru the neck of large prey?

that would be awsome if they only use their daggers the same way walruses do..but on land tru packed ice during the ice age!!!


super question and one I have been asking for a long time. If the sabre teeth of the tiger kept growing then a point must have been reached quite quickly when the animal's jaw could not have articulated further than the lowest point of the teeth....in which case the teeth would have become useless as hunting implements because the tiger would not have been able to open its gob wide enough.


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Posted 16 January 2006 - 11:56 PM


I can't believe I am the first to go for this gem:

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sabretoothed tigers, how do they hunt?

...ANYWAY THEY WANT TO...

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My understanding is that the teeth were for piercing and holding prey. I think the chicks probably liked them too...

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 12:00 AM

the lower jaw fit right between the teeth, so there was no problem opening or closing.

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Posted 17 January 2006 - 01:39 AM

DorothyFrog is right.

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